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131505 No. 131505 ID: e5e15e

Discuss The God Damned.
https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/944457.html
https://questden.org/wiki/The_God_Damned

Supplemental material may be posted here.
Feedback or critique is appreciated, and questions will be answered if asked.


This project is a collaboration and every contributor will be noted here.

Writer
Whistler

Artist
GraphyGraphie

https://twitter.com/GraphyGraphie
https://ko-fi.com/graphy
https://www.patreon.com/graphygraphie (Patron to get cool zips of her art!)

Poet
B. Baylor
For commissions and inquiries, email b.baylor.writes@gmail.com


Also, thanks to everyone who's letting me use their quest races. You'll probably regret it, but it'll be too late then.
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131506

Higher Res of pictured cards.
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No. 131507 ID: b1b4f3

>>131506
Okay three card readings are usually past/present/future, right?

First hand:
The Moon, with a touch of Hanged Man.
The Star, with a touch of The Fool.
The Sun, with a touch of Two of Pentacles.
Moon is fear, madness, imagination, illusion, animal nature. Hanged Man involves gaining a new perspective due to misfortune, but also involves sacrifice and a "rest" of some kind. So the past of this hand involves mental troubles that gave them a new perspective on things but also slowed down their life(or someone else's?).
The Star is just all round positive stuff. Hope, healing, etc. The Fool is symbolic of beginning a journey or learning or embracing your own mistakes. So the person is learning to heal and move on.
The Sun is a card involving greatness, wisdom, and becoming your own person. Two of Pentacles is about being flexible and fun.
So the future of this person is bright and free.
I think this is Fingers' hand.

Second hand:
The Magician? Also looks a bit like The World in that there's symbols in every corner, but only the Sun and Moon. There's the crown in there which could refer to any of the royal cards or just imply royalty.
The Tower.
This hand seems to tell the story of someone who gained lots of power and authority but it's coming crashing down. We've got no clues as to what happens next. Sounds like the guy we saw get executed, tbh, in which case there would be no third card since the dude's dead and has no future. This is also the side of the table where the dealer is, and nobody else is there except ghosts, one of which is digging at the spot where the third card should be. So yeah, a dead guy.

Third hand:
Death.
Death means drastic change, either positive or negative. So a significant change in the past is all we've got here.
Looks like the protagonist's hand. I wonder what the blood is about?
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No. 131508 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, I forgot to go into further detail on the second hand's cards.
The Magician is about action and power, The World is accomplishment, achieving your dreams etc.
The Tower symbolizes a great and sudden disaster or explosive revelation. It is generally seen as the most negative card in the deck, worse than Death or The Devil.

Also I can't help but notice the protagonist is tied to the table by a spider's web. Fate.
Not sure what the heart symbol and hand drawing are about, but eyes seem to be associated with justice in this setting so that further solidifies that hand's owner being Redkho.
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No. 131525 ID: e5e15e
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131525

That's a really interesting and in-depth analysis! Here's a bonus Asher.
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No. 131527 ID: 015bf2

Since this is here now, I just wanted to chime in and say that I enjoy this quest! The world-building and artwork has been pretty darn enjoyable so far and I'm looking forward to see where this will go.
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No. 131599 ID: b1b4f3

I'm gonna link this here for convenience.
https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/97324.html#131200
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No. 131700 ID: 470289
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>>131527
Thanks! I hope I can give you something consistently interesting to read.

I want to inform people I'm not sure if GD will be updating over the holidays. Lots of commitments, so I can't promise anything. Afterwards we will try to get back on the one a week schedule though.
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No. 131741 ID: 8fab7a

>>131700
Ma'am with a bunch of youngins?
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No. 131750 ID: 470289
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131750

>>131741
Junkyard with a bunch of youngins!

She's frustrated the sketch doesn't show off her guns properly.
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No. 131993 ID: 20144f

Hey I mirrored this quest on MSPFA here, all the updates together. So that's a thing. https://mspfa.com/?s=33028&p=1

I want to ask, what recognizable species are going to appear in this quest? Is that a spoiler? There's Slissa, obviously, but what others are there going to be? And is this meant to be in some way canon to the quests these species originate from?
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No. 131996 ID: 509e5e
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131996

Thanks for the mirroring!

A lot more recognizable species are planned for this quest, but saying which specific ones would probably veer into spoiler territory. I will say that any species is up for inclusion, as long as the creator gives me permission to use them.

The inclusion of species from other quests is in no way canon to the respective quests. I am writing The God Damned to be a self-contained, though it will have a few questden references and easter eggs.
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No. 132010 ID: 4286b4

>>/quest/955562
Asher used the F word?

Now she's no longer a pure waifu. RIP.
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No. 132774 ID: 470289
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There was a stream recently, and some art came from it. Here's the canon art.
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No. 132775 ID: 470289
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Here's the 'I wish it was canon' art
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No. 132776 ID: 470289
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And here's the 'definitely 100% no takebacksies it's totally canon' art.
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No. 132972 ID: 470289
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132972

>>132969
So Chast's weird mini-story is done. Not totally sure I was able to convey what I wanted with it, but it was probably worth experimenting with. So, if you had any feedback on it, feel free to post it here, and I can answer some non-spoilery ooc questions if anything was confusing.

Probably going to keep doing stuff like this, assuming everyone didn't hate it. Maybe there will be more interactivity based on the questions, if I can swing it. But GD's setting has a lot of stories, and asking questions in ITQ will help you uncover some of them and maybe give context to world Asher is trying to survive in. Not every question will lead to these mini-stories, or even most, but some will. Whether it's characters or groups that have only been mentioned or seen, established characters in the story proper, or just total shots in the dark (like asking a random miner about lightstones). Maybe you'll hit on something.
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No. 132981 ID: 015bf2

I found it interesting, Graphy's been doing some nice bit of work keeping these going, so my thanks and compliments on that! Feels a bit weird to do 'IC' mini-arcs in ITQ, but if people are okay with it I can see it being a cool addition from time to time - though you might want to telegraph it a bit more clearly when you're doing it. An alternative could be just keeping them here in your own discussion thread.

And save some work for the actual thread, mind!

Anyway, as the person behind the most Chast-questions, I have to say after the first follow-up I began feeling like there were increasingly 'appropriate' lead-ins and was pleasantly surprised when they kept getting responses. "Did it?" was me going "Yeah, this practically writes itself." I could probably have gone off-script or for a curve ball, but I quite wanted to see down what rabbit hole Chast's story would be going (did not disappoint).

A bit surprised so few others jumped in at the end there, actually. I was getting worried I was pushing my luck by keeping asking for responses!

As for OOC questions:

I think it's strongly implied, but is that Dendshi, Crag and Droop swingin' in the third-to-last image? Running away did them no favors, huh.

Does any of the new, twisted, faces in the final picture come with names attached? Or detached, I ain't picky.

And that's it! I don't want to be spoiled on too many mysteries yet, what with Butthead showing up in the main Quest thread. Needless to say I think you've successfully foreshadowed that some Serious Shit can go down in the GD-verse, and that there's more to scratch beneath the surface for Asher and crew.
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No. 132989 ID: 9e6490

>>132981
>I don't want to be spoiled on too many mysteries yet, what with Butthead showing up in the main Quest thread.
Wait, what?! ...Shit, that was him "floating" through the ceiling of the room. Well, that means things could get very exciting if the rest of those who were with Butthead who seemed to be powers are about.
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No. 133006 ID: 470289
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>You might want to telegraph it a bit more clearly when you're doing it. An alternative could be just keeping them here in your own discussion thread.
Good idea, and it might give this thread a bit more life. Maybe something like linking ITQ questions that prompt an interlude back to the thread, and then continuing here? I also want them to be more interactive than Chast's was, though probably not to the extent the Main Thread is. I'll probably be thinking about some kind of middle-ground where those curveballs you thought of would be encouraged.

Also thank you for so many Chast-questions! I probably would have been stubborn and not continued without those prompts, so it's very much appreciated.


>Is that Dendshi, Crag and Droop swingin' in the third-to-last image?
That's the implication, yes, though the Main thread does a bit more than imply it.

>Does any of the new, twisted, faces in the final picture come with names attached?
Nope. If people want to give them toiler names I'll probably just use those. Otherwise I'll just wait until the very last minute and throw something together like usual.
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No. 133046 ID: 015bf2

>Questions
You're welcome!

>Main thread does more than imply
My turn to "Wait, what?!"

Man, I didn't connect that particular bit! Chast's segment is WAY more present (/future?) time than I thought it was. The whole age discussion with butthead threw me, I think. I thought this was something more ye olden timey!

>Toiler Names
One of 'em's definitely a Twigs.
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No. 133068 ID: e5e15e
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133068

Twigs it is!

Also I have a lot of GD extra stuff I should probably start posting here because I am a dumbass and will probably lose them if I don't. Like this pic! I almost lost it! Because I am a dumbass!

Anyway I guess someone's taken an interest in the Silverlock lankies for some reason. Don't know why, they're just lankies.
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No. 133069 ID: b1b4f3

"incredible craftmanship"? I suppose that means laprines started as artificial life forms. Or maybe the lankies came about by genemods.
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No. 133082 ID: ff6df5

>>133068
>"Teeth of a obligate carnivore, diet of a grain peasant. Laprines. Go figure."
If they have the physical capabilities they do with a diet so ill-suited to what their teeth say they ought to have, it really makes you wonder how much more capable they'd be with a proper diet. One given from even before birth, to their pregnant mother, until adulthood.
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133095

Some early sketches of the style of clothes sticklers would wear.

I think we immediately forgot to implement this once sticklers actually showed up.
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No. 133130 ID: e5e15e
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133130

Hey I made a patreon.

https://www.patreon.com/megido

Still gotta fix it up, but if you want to help me out it's there as a tip jar.

Thanks.
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No. 133132 ID: 015bf2

>>133095
Haha, whoops.

>>133130
$'d
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No. 133380 ID: 470289

Decided to try and do vignettes for the patreon (https://www.patreon.com/megido). I'll be putting a few in this thread as I feel they're relevant.

Also no update this week unfortunately, so hopefully this suffices.


Asher opened three bundles and dropped his small loaf of bread into one, his jerky into another, and the dried fruit he could already taste in the last. It was a kindness his first Asher had done for him, though he only realized it a later. He had kept it up once he got the job, even if it left him hungry a few nights. With his good hand he wrapped the bundles back up carefully.

His destination was the beds that ashers generations before him had crammed in some empty space near the flues, crawling through rocky tunnels and skipping across almost too hot metal grates on the shortest path there. It annoyed the hell out of him that there wasn’t a central place for every asher to sleep, but he knew how rare unused space was in their home. You did the best you could, and that meant he would be spending tonight hungry and crawling all over the place.

There were plenty of empty cots in the alcove once he arrived, with Marin was already sleeping on her personal hammock and Lunk was rubbing himself down with balm for his shift being the exceptions. Them and the new kid who was pretending to sleep in one of the bunks. He lifted one of the bundles and Lunk, in acknowledgement, lightly kicked the kid’s bunk to wake her up for her dinner.

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“You know, in the right light your fur looks almost blue.” Ma’am says. “How about that? Blue. We don’t have any colors in this dorm, and it rolls off the tongue.”

“I’m Asher.” She answers again, not looking up from the carrot she’s peeling, slowly and carefully. The girl had only finished six in the quarter hour since she had started. Maybe emptying the kitchen so she and Asher could talk alone was a bad idea. Dinner would be late at this speed. She’d just have to work faster then, and try a different

“You don’t have to be. You can always change.” Ma’am tries for the last time.

Asher pauses, but only for a second.

“I’m Asher.”

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“You got a name yet?” A small shrug answered him.

“Eh.” He copies her shrug. “Don’t worry about it, they come when they come. How high can you count, kid?”

“Six.” She mumbles through a stuffed mouth.

“You’re gonna learn how to count to at least a hundred down here. Timing’s important. They don’t wait for you to move before they stoke the fires, so ya gotta be outta the way by then. And always stick by another asher. If you get lost down here, we’ll be finding you in a year all crispy.”

“Okay.” He didn’t hear much fear in her voice. So, he took the glove off his bad hand revealing the cracked and melted skin. The kid froze in the middle of tearing off a hunk of bread and stared at it with her face twisted in revulsion. But she didn’t puke. Which meant they wouldn’t need to train it out of her.

“Every asher gets burned. But burns don’t kill you. Getting lost will. And when we find you after that this here,” Asher waved his hand for emphasis. “Is your whole body. So be careful. I ain’t lost a single asher in my time and don’t you dare make yourself the fuckin’ first.”

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Asher, which Ma’am supposes will stick, stays in her corner with her bowl of soup already empty on the floor in front of her. She nibbles on her wrap and stares at the other toiler children eating and playing. Ma’am has been stealing glances at her while breaking up fights and stopping Mash from throwing her soup all over the walls.

“Go bother the new girl.” Ma’am whispers into Mash’s ear.

“And ya won’t stop me?” She asks, gnawing on a wooden spoon.

“Have at it.” Ma’am hopes she won’t regret this as a grin splits the little gremlins face and she rushes off.

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Asher stood up, not bothering to dust off the ash he had sat in. The kid was still eating, but Marin had woken up and was already moving into his place to answer questions and show her how to get ready for her first shift. She’d learn more on the job tomorrow. Besides, he didn’t have all night. There were still two more kids who needed dinner.

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Mash hadn’t managed to cause any bleeding to clean up or bruises to bandage, so Ma’am was satisfied. The children were sleeping now. Some in piles, others half hanging off their cots, and Ma’am couldn’t tell Asher apart from any of them while she was sleeping.

It was a start.
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No. 133494 ID: 470289
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So, pretty obviously due to the last few weeks without an update, GD is on hiatus for at least another month, possibly longer. There's no real feasible way around it unfortunately. Hopefully we'll be back in swing sooner rather than later, but I can't make any promises.

Sorry.
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No. 133500 ID: 8fab7a

>>133494
'salright.
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